Prayer: Our Father who art in heaven, holy be your name. May your kingdom come to each of us and especially when are days are not all “peaches and cream.” Please watch over our families, friends, and neighbors and the rest of the world. Amen.
Reading: Genesis 16 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: This not a newsworthy event but part of our family’s lives were enriched by the arrival of a puppy. Twinkle, a border collie, tried hard to be good but this day her curiosity overwhelmed her. Hearing the command to stop and hearing a harsh voice did not stop her; under the fence and very close to a main highway became very scary to both of us. She finally was catchable and like Hagar with a firm word returned to her house. Twinkle realized she had done wrong and it was difficult for her to face a caring and friendly voice again. Can you relate to this? Are you able to express love and seek forgiveness when you’ve been wrong?
What kind of strength do you think Sarai displayed in giving Abram a second wife? What about the jealousy that flared? Do you ever have jealous feelings? How do you control such feelings?
It is that same God; the God who spoke to Hagar, the God who made us, who sees our every doing, understands our every thought. Days are not always “peaches and cream.” Like Hagar, we want to run away but our God is there to protect us. Let’s hear that voice. Let’s give it a chance!
--Betty Jane Mincemoyer
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